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Mark Taimanov vs Tigran V Petrosian
Training Tournament (1953), Gagra (Georgia), rd 2, May-??
Benoni Defense: Classical Variation. General (A70)  ·  0-1

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Aug-14-06  Albertan: Usually on move 10 White plays either Bxb5 or Nxb5.
Aug-14-06  Albertan: According to my database the move 12.Qc2 was played in this game and has never been repeated.
Aug-14-06  Albertan: On move 20 if Taimanov had played 20.Qxb4 play might have continued: 20...Nxd5 21.Qa3 Qc8 22.Nxc5 Qxc5 23.Bd2 Qxa3 24.Rxa3 h5 =

On move 21 if Taimanov had played 21.Qxc5 play might have continued: 21...Nxd5 22.Qc2 Rc8 23.Qb3 a5 24.Bb5 Qe4 25.Bb3 Qe6

On move 23 Taimanov could have played 23.Be3 with this variation possible: 23...Nd7 24.Qc2 Re8 25.Rd1 Re6 26.b3 Rxd6 27.Rxd6 Qxd6 28.Qe4

Aug-14-06  Albertan: Taimanov's move of 26.Qd3?! is dubious. Instead he could have played 26.Qc2 and play might have continued: 26...Qxf3 27.Kh2 b3 28.Qd2 Rd8 29.Bxa6 Qf6 30.a5 Nd7=

Petrosian could have played the capture on b2 on move 26. If he had play might have continued 26...Bxb2 27.a5 Nd7 28.Qb3 Bf6 29.Bc4 Kg7 30.Bd5 (If 30.Bxf7 Rc8 31.Be8 c4!? 32.Qxb4 Kf8 33.Bxd7 Qxd7 34.Be5 Bxe5 35.Rxe5 Rc6 ) 30...Qc8 31.Bxa8 and White has compensation for the pawn.

On move 27 Petrosian could have been more aggressive and played 27...Nc3 and play might have continued: 28.Re7 a5 29.Qc4 Nd5 30.Re4 Bf6 31.Be5 a4 32.bxa4 Nb6 33.Qb5 Qxb5 34.Bxb5 Bxe5 35.Rxe5 b3!? 36.Rxc5 b2 37.Bd3 Rd8 38.Rb5 Rxd6 39.Rxb2 Nxa4

Aug-15-06  Albertan: On move 28 Taimanov could have protected the attacked f-pawn by playing 28.Qe4 instead of playing 28.Bg2. If he had play might have continued 28.Qe4 Qc8 (If 28...Qxe4 29.fxe4 f6 30.Kg2 a5 31.Bb5 Rd8=) 29.Qf4 a5 30.Bb5 a4!? 31.bxa4 b3 32.Re7 Qf8 33.Qg4 Qxg4 34.fxg4 c4

On move 29 Petrosian could have played 29...c4 instead of 29...Rxd6. If he had play might have continued:

29... c4 30. bxc4 b3 31.Qa7 Qxc4
32. Qe7 Rd7 33. Qe8+ Kg7 34. Rd1 Bf6 35. Bf1 Qc2 36. Re1 b2 37. Qe4 Qc5

Taimanov made a mistake on move 34 when he played 34.Re5? However he is lost anyway if for instance he plays a move such as 34.Re2:

34.Re2 cxb3 35. Qd3 b2 36. Re1 Qc5 37. Rb1 Bxf2+ 38. Kg2 Bd4 39. Kf3 Qc3 40. Kg2 Nd5 41. Kg3 Bc5 42. Kh2 Nxf4 43. Qe4 Nh5 44. Qe1 Qc2+ 45. Bg2 Bd6+ 46. Kh1 Nf4 47. Qe4 Nd3 48. Qd4+ Be5

Taimanov resigned on move 39 because he cannot stop Petrosian's c-pawn from queening:

39.Qxb6 Qxe5 40.Qxb4 c1Q

May-27-07  refutor: This is such an excellent game. Petrosian makes is look so smooth and that he had everything figured out from the first move.

I bought User: ray keene 's book on "Petrosian vs. the Elite" and I think it's excellent. Kasparov's Great Predecessor's Book first turned me on to Petrosian but Keene's book is showing me a lot of games I hadn't previously saw before

Apr-09-10  ILoveCrazyhouse: Refutor: That's because Keene's books are error-filled and mainly filled with reused chess content. The only time you should buy a Ray Keene book is if you are filming a remake of Farenheit 451.
Apr-09-10
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  Petrosianic: <Keene's book is showing me a lot of games I hadn't previously saw before>

<That's because Keene's books are error-filled and mainly filled with reused chess content.>

Waitaminnit, run that by me again. He'd never seen the game before because the book was derivative and flawed? (2 + 2 = Purple??)

Apr-10-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: <The only time you should buy a Ray Keene book is if you are filming a remake of Farenheit 451.>

Ouch! thats harsh.

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